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In keeping with section 29 of the Canadian Copyright Act, fair dealing allows you to make one copy. This copy must be used solely for research, private study, criticism, review or news reporting. The Fantastic Mode in Modern Drama Edited by Patrick D. Murphy Contributions to the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Number 54 MARSHALL B, TYMN, Series Editor GREENWOOD PRESS Westport, Connecticut· London
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In keeping with section 29 of the Canadian Copyright Act, fair dealing allows you to make one copy. This copy must be used solely for research, private study, criticism, review or news reporting. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Staging the impossible : the fantastic mode in modem drama / edited by Patrick D. Murphy. p. cm.-(Contributions to the study of science fiction and fantasy, ISSN 0193-6875 ; no. 54) Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-313-27270-0 (alk. paper) 1. European drama-20th century-History and criticism. 2. Fantastic drama, European-History and criticism. 3. American drama-20th century-History and criticism. 4. Fantastic drama, American-History and criticism. I. Murphy, Patrick D., 1951- II. Series. PN1861.S7 1992 809.2'04--dc20 92-10678 British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data is available. Copyright © 1992 by Patrick D. Murphy All rights reserved. No portion of this book may be reproduced, by any process or technique, without the express written consent of the publisher. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 92-10678 ISBN: 0-313-27270-0 ISSN: 0193-6875 First published in 1992 Greenwood Press, 88 Post Road West, Westport, CT 06881 An imprint of Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc. Printed in the United States of America The paper used in this book complies with the Permanent Paper Standard issued by the National InfOimation Standards Organization (Z39.48-1984). 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
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In keeping with section 29 of the Canadian Copyright Act, fair dealing allows you to make one copy. This copy must be used solely for research, private study, criticism, review or news reporting. Leivick's The Golem and the Golem Legend Carl Schaffer I know not if mine is the guilt; Must my hands with blood be stained? Must my mind on murder be bent? For this, God, did'st thou give strength to my limbs? (Chayim Bloch, written en route to the front) "Invention," Mary Shelley once said, "does not consist of creating out of void, but out of chaos" (8). So it was, too, with the creation of Halper Leivick's extraordinary verse play The Golem, a work which, drawn from the same stuff of legend as Frankenstein, has been called "the highest achievement in Yiddish poetry" (Samuel Niger in Madison 357). According to Leivick's own account, the drama's real origins can be traced to a series of chaotic events that occurred on a winter day when he was seven years old. First, while passing a church on his way to cheder (religion class), the young Leivick was suddenly confronted by a large Polish man who knocked off his hat, sent him with a blow to the ground, and shouted, "Dirty Jew! [Zhid!] When you pass our church you have to take your hat off!" Leivick was overwhelmed by this unexpected outburst of hatred. Afterward, when he arrived at last at
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